Andy Roddick Foundation Charity Gala Raises Over $1m
With the support of Elton John, the sixth annual Andy Roddick Foundation Charity Gala raised more than $1 million for children’s organisations on Wednesday evening at the ACL Live Moody Theatre in Austin.
As well as Elton John, Roddick was joined at the gala by his wife, model and actress Brooklyn Decker, American footballer Terrell Owens, golfer Fred Couples, radio show host Bobby Bones, Mayor of Austin Lee Leffingwell, and his fellow tennis players James Blake and Mark Knowles.
The event featured a live auction, where guests had the opportunity to bid on a spa day with Brooklyn Decker, golf with Roddick and Fred Couples and unique trips to The Masters and the Australian Open.
Award-winning singer/songwriter Elton John then took to the stage with a set of his classic tunes, including an encore of a special Lion King tribute, but not before he had pledged a $25,000 donation to the Andy Roddick Foundation. Roddick then matched every individual $1,000 donation that was pledged by guests who had been unable to take part in the extravagant bidding of auction items.
Earlier in the day, Roddick had been joined by Blake, Knowles, and Justin Gimelstob in a golf exhibition at the Austin Country Club. Gimelstob later tweeted that Roddick scored a round of 81, Knowles 81 (including a hole-in-one on the second hole), Blake 87, and himself 88.
The beneficiaries of the Andy Roddick Foundation Charity Gala are children’s organisations local to Texas, including KIPP: Austin Public Schools, The Settlement Home for Children, Austin Partners in Education, A Glimmer of Hope, Austin Children’s Shelter and the Andy Roddick Youth Tennis Program. Read more about the charities here.